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Christ called us to be united not divided (Part1)


I will try to emphasise the importance of unity.

What is unity?

Webster’s dictionary defines unity as:

Unity

Agreement; uniformity; as unity of doctrine; unity of worship in a church.

In Christian theology, oneness of sentiment, affection or behaviour.

What does it bring?

When believers come together united in Christ, with one mind, desire, goal and will, great things happen. Therefore, when believers come together in one mind, heart, desire, goal and will, revivals, outpouring of Gods powers, signs and miracle are evident. Azusa street revival is just a very modern revival, where people who loved God gathered in one place in one accord to worship the living God, and where God’s glory was manifested.

This is clearly seen in the day of Pentecost, when all the believers of Christ were all in one place and in one accord.

Act 2:1 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”

This was just before they were all filled with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but for the Holy Spirit to come they had to be all in one in place and in one accord (in one heart, mind and desire). It is not possible that all Christians all around the world to be together in one place, but on the local level it can be. the fact that many churches are built right across from each other and rent same spaces in the same shopping centres and offices is just a blatant indication of how disunified the body of Christ has become. ‘Unity among believers is not a prerequisite of revival nor is it merely a result of revival. It is an integral part of revival, without which the great outpouring of God’s Spirit that all believers long for, will not come’.—Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

Why is it important?

Think of a human wall, if you got 100 people to all link arms to make a human wall. If a person tried to break through they would not be able to, as they are united together (stronger than super glue). Nevertheless, let’s just say there was a gap in the human wall (somebody let go of their neighbour), then it allows people to go through the gap and cause divisions within the human wall. You can see this in families, when families are united together, super glued in love, when hail storms, tornadoes and what not comes their way, they stick together. However, when they are not united for whatever the reason, that is when schisms and division grows until, the family is no more. (Well maybe not no more, but you know what I am saying).

So it is better to be united than divided, that is obvious, I bet you can think of many more scenarios when it is better to be united than to be divided.

Did not God say that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand, this also refers to the Church, the Church that is divided in doctrine, worship, order, will not stand. Moreover, when a church is divided we cannot make any real progress. When there is disunity in the Church, it hinders the message of the Gospel, and makes our witness less effective. Which is what Satan wants. So let us not give Satan what he wants.

Mat 12:25 “And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand

Nevertheless, Christ did say that the gates of hell will not prevail against his True Church, which is founded upon the revelation that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. Jesus is coming back for a Church that is mature and living victoriously. Therefore, Christ will preserve his True Church until his second coming.

Mat 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

But wait there is a problem, the Church of today is not united, but very much divided, why?

  • Lack of love,
  • pride and
  • differences in doctrine.

Christ said that what will distinguish us as true disciples was not doctrine (which of course is an indicator) but love.

John 13:34 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”

John 13:35 “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

If as believers we truly loved each other and put pride in its rightful place, would there be so much division? No there would not be, but because of (“I”), instead of Christ, division has become commonplace within Christianity. Making many believers think that unity in doctrine can never happen.

For the past few months, I have been having revelations of what it means to be untied in the cause of Christ. I have come to realise that as Christians today we are not at all united but very much divided.

Therefore, we need to emphasise the unity that was expressed by Jesus. We have already clearly defined unity and we see that it highlights oneness, the same oneness that Jesus reveals with God the Father.

In one of Jesus’ longest prayer before his crucifixion he prayed for all believers to be one(united) like He is in God the Father.

John 17:21 “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”

So this verse clearly defines unity, we see that it highlights oneness, the same oneness that Jesus exhibits with God the Father. The bible clearly defines the unity with the God-head, the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Jesus here clearly confirms the existence of the trinity; He also names the persons who make up the Trinity, Jesus’ divinity is placed alongside God as the Father.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

This clearly curbs any doubt that Jesus was God in flesh. ‘Jesus totally expressed the thoughts of the Father and was manifest in a physical form so all the world could read them.’—Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary

Acts 5:3 “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?” Act 5:4 “Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.”

This is a clear reference in scripture that the Holy Spirit is God, in verse 3, Peter says that Ananias has lied unto the Holy Spirit, then in verse 4, he says that Ananias lied not to men but to God. Therefore, he was using both God and the Holy Spirit interchangeably.

There are many more scriptures that I can cite to explain the biblical basis of the Trinity. However, I think these are fine so far. Therefore, the Trinity blatantly emphasises the unity between the Father, the Son and The Holy Spirit. Moreover, when Jesus was praying in John 17, in verse 21, he was praying for all believers to be one (united) as He is in God the Father. If Jesus had to pray about this, we can see how important it is, but then why as Christians have we forsaken this important aspect.

Stay tuned for part 2, This will be brought shortly to your screens in approximately two weeks

Seeker.

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  1. May 10, 2010 at 6:04 am

    I find with the End Times fast approaching that many people and churches are falling away from the true gospel of Jesus Christ. This includes ‘big’ churches, some of whom are on TV as well and, although this is sad it is clearly covered in the Bible that this is what will happen because satan is trying hard to blind, confuse and destroy people and the church where he can.

    I also find that many people and churches are much more powerful than they have ever been as they cling to Jesus in every way they can. I know the real Church is expanding rapidly across the earth, especially in underground churches because if people in many countries were fully open about Jesus they would be fully imprisoned, tortured or dead. I know of many people who were saved simply because Jesus visited them them personally, they have told me they saw Him and He spoke to them and that’s how they came to know about Him and that He is real!

    I find Jesus absolutely amazing as my personal Saviour and I feel His love so, so strong everyday even though I do things wrong everyday He never leaves me nor forsakes me. The first unity we must concentrate on is our own unity with Jesus and work everyday to get that as right as possible. I then find the Holy Spirit easily connects us to each other and brings unity of real believers together where we can encourage and support each other. Prayer is important but doing is IMPORTANT. Remember God made each one of us to be different from each other so we will all have different points of view and different experiences so we will never agree on everything from the body or soul. The unity comes from the Spirit and that is where our focus must be, on the positive, on the relationship, on the future as Jesus is coming soon for His Church (and many will be left behind!)

  2. May 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    good site. keep reading the word and writing the truth.

  3. May 23, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Amen,to all comments above, and to the great insights of your series. I agree, just like things typed into the Cyber-Space, of the internet, which are recorded…and stored out there somewhere…such it also is with our words. Once words are spoken, they are out there somewhere, whether floating in a cloud of nonsensical gibberish to be one day sorted out and witnessed against us, or fought over, as were Daniels words of Prayer to God, by the angel, Michael, and the prince of Persia. They are out there…once they are …out there.

  1. June 6, 2010 at 9:37 pm

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